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LOCAL NON-PROFIT GIVES COMPUTERS TO HELP LOW-INCOME CHILDREN & FAMILIES

By Millicent Arko

November 9, 2011 (San Diego)-- Computers 2 San Diego Kids, known as C2SDK, refurbishes used computers and distributes them to eligible families at little or no cost to the recipients.  If you or your business is upgrading equipment, you can donate your previous models, helping families in need and assisting children to learn literacy skills. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLEAN SWEEP” IN LEMON GROVE NOV. 19


November 8, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--A crew of 300 eager volunteers are expected to join with representatives from the Sheriff’s Lemon Grove substation on Saturday, November 19 to clean up the community for the holiday season.  

"We're going to make our downtown sparkle,” said Jim Wiebolt, crime prevention specialist.

13TH ANNUAL SANTEE PANCAKE BREAKFAST FRIDAY, NOV 11 & SATURDAY, NOV 12

 November 6, 2011 (Santee) -- The Santee Firefighters and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department  are sponsoring a the 13th Santee Breakfast in honor of Veterans Day.  All of the proceeds will benefit the Warrior Care Inititive Armed Services YMCA.

Have breakfast at the fire station from  7:00am to 10:30am. 

 

RAMONA CHURCH HOSTS TURKEY DINNER NOV. 6 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

 

November 3, 2011 (Ramona) -- This year’s 31st annual  Ramona United Methodist Church (RUMC) Turkey Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.  Proceeds will help to feed needy families in our area.

 

EL CAJON SEEKS DONATED ITEMS, CASH TO SEND CARE PACKAGES TO MILITARY OVERSEAS FOR HOLIDAYS

 

November 3, 2011 (El Cajon)—The City of El Cajon’s Special Events Committee needs your support for its drive to collect items for care packages that will be distributed to overseas military members before the holidays. Donations of items and funds are needed before the November 11 deadline.

 

 

 

DISABLED WOMAN, MOTHER NEED HELP: BENEFIT CONCERT THURSDAY NOV. 3


By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2011 (San Diego) – Pam Hoye is a friend one of the most amazing people I’ve met. Severely disabled and confined to a wheelchair, she types by holding a pen in her mouth. She has a beautiful spirit, a bright mind, and relies on in-home services to survive. Now her mother, who has advanced demention, has lost her home to foreclosure. Pam needs help to find another place for her mother to live nearby.

Musician Charlie Imes has organized a fantastic benefit concert this Thursday, November 3 starring Jeff Berkeley of Berkeley Hart, winner of many music awards, and other top talent including “Cactus” Jim Soldi, who has played with Johnny Cash and Ricky Skaggs, Peter Bolland, a San Diego Music Awards winner, and more.

FUNDRAISER SET NOV. 18 FOR 2 ZOOKEEPERS INJURED BY DUI DRIVER IN EL CAJON


October 29, 2011 (El Cajon) – A crash on September 30 at Chase Ave. and Jamacha Rd. in Rancho San Diego has left two men battling major injuries. Josh Zelt remains hospitalized in very serious condition, while Heath Holley was recently released and is beginning his recovery from home, according to the San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK).
 

The organization will host a fundraising benefit on Friday, November 18, to help the two victims, both San Diego Zoo employees, who were broad-sided by a driver arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

LA MESA RESIDENT HONORED AS HERO FOR LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK NOV. 4

 Arnie Levine aims to raise funds, attract walkers for November 4 event at Del Mar Fairgrounds


By Alyson Rybar, Leukemia and Lymphona Society

October 28, 201 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa resident Arnie Levine was named an Honored Hero for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night® Walk on Friday, November 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. 

SDSU STUDENTS ORGANIZE C.U.R.E. AFRICA TO PROVIDE REIEF FOR FAMINE VICTIMS; PROGRAM TONIGHT 7 PM

October 24, 2011 (San Diego)-- C.U.R.E. AFRICA (Communities United Reviving East Africa) is a San Diego State University student organized project created on August 28, 2011 by Mohamed Ahmed and Yousef Abraham in partnership with Phi Beta Sigma and Somali Student Union.

 

C.U.R.E. AFRICA has taken the initiative to raise awareness and money on campus and within the larger communities to help the millions of starving children in East Africa affected by famine conditions.  An event on campus tonight seeks to increase awareness and public support to help save lives. 

WHY DO ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS HAVE MUSTACHES?


October 25 fundraiser at Outback Steakhouse to benefit ill child in need of service dog
 

By Jym Bridger
 

October 20, 2011 (El Cajon)--You have probably seen them, all those guys riding around in the fire engines with moustaches. Has anybody told them moustaches have been out of fashion since the final episode of Magnum P.I. in 1988?
 

Yes these guys realize how ridiculous they look, but are doing it all for charity. Every October the El Cajon Firefighters Union sponsors "OctoberStash"--a charity event to help raise money for those in need.

NEGLECTED HORSES TO LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES AT LOCAL SANCTUARY

 Horses of Tir Na Nog adopted three emaciated horses

October 15, 2011 (Spring Valley) --Three severely neglected horses that County Animal Services officers rescued last week during an investigation in Spring Valley have been moved to a nurturing new home.


The horses were adopted by the Horses of Tir Na Nog, a private nonprofit organization in East County dedicated to the care of horses.

GOLF TOURNAMENT OCT. 14 TO BENEFIT HOME OF GUIDING HANDS

October8, 2011 (El Cajon ) – The Home of Guiding Hands 29th Golf Classic Pro-Am Tournament will tee off on Friday, October 14 at Sycuan Resort and Casino in El Cajon.  Proceeds will benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities in this community.
 
The event includes a day of golf with a San Diegio PGA member, entertaining contests, activities, buffet dinner, and auction.  For more information, visit http://www.guidinghands.org/events_golf2011.shtml
 
 

COMMUNITIES AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE (CASA) PRESENTS

 

 

 

October 8,2011 (San Diego) -- CASA will hold a 5K,  and a one mile fun run/walk on Sunday, October 16 at Mission Trails Park. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., and the 1 mile at 8:30.  Their slogan is: Steps for health...for you and your community!

Race. Jog. Walk. Bring the kids. Bring the dog!
Mission Trails Regional Park is an excellent setting for a morning's worth of fitness, challenge,  and fun.
Proceeds benefit Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA). Participants will be doing their part to help fight drugs and alcohol in schools and communities.  They will also be promoting a healthier lifestyle.
 

EL CAJON TO HELP SHOW THE MILITARY WE CARE WITH CARE PACKAGES

 

 

 

October 8, 2011 (El Cajon) -- City of El Cajon employees, through its Special Events Committee, is currently collecting items for very special care packages that will be distributed to military members before the holidays.

LIGHT BRIDGE HOSPICE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HOSTS 3RD ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE WALK AT LIBERTY STATION

 

October 5, 2011 (San Diego)--The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, which funds hospice services and special programs for patients and their loved ones, hosted its third annual Remembrance Walk on Sunday, October 2 at Liberty Station, drawing participants from East County and countywide.

ALPINE AND VIEJAS FIRE DEPTS. RECEIVE PETA AWARD FOR RESCUING DOG STUCK IN BOULDER

 
 
September 30, 2011 (Alpine) — Last week, rescue crews were dispatched from the Alpine Fire Protection District in eastern San Diego County after a young dog who had been walking on top of a boulder fell 15 feet into a narrow crevasse and became stuck. Alpine Fire Engine 17 "B" Division responded to the scene, aided by the Viejas Fire Department.
 

LUCKY DOG: FIREFIGHTERS SAVE FALLEN ANIMAL IN DRAMATIC ALPINE RESCUE

 

 

 

Photos by Captain Brian Boggeln

 

 

 

 

September 22, 2011 (Alpine) – A dog that fell and became wedged inside a rocky, 15-foot deep crevasse in the 2600 block of Big Wheel Way is free and in good health, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Alpine firefighters. 

GOVERNOR AWARDS MEDAL OF VALOR TO DEPUTIES WHO SAVED ROCK CLIMBERS DURING MONTE FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 19, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has announced that Deputies Scott Bligh and Gary Kneeshaw were awarded the 2010 Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.  

 

The deputies received the state's highest honor for their heroic actions on August 21, 2010 to save two rock climbers trapped on the face of El Cajon (El Capitan) Mountain in Lakeside during the fast-moving Monte Fire.

ROTARY’S LA BELLA VIDA WINE & FOOD FEST OCT. 8 BENEFITS WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN & COMMUNITY

 
September 18, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)—The Rancho San Diego/Spring Valley Rotary Club hosts its fourth annual fundraising event, La Bella Vida Wine and Food Fest on Saturday, October 8  from 5-8:30 p.m. 
 

SANTEE COUPLE TO WALK 50 MILES IN 3 DAYS TO RAISE MONEY FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS


September 18, 2011 (Santee)--Mike Belk works in Santee as a dispatcher at Gold Coast Flood Restoration. On the weekends, he enjoys relaxing and hanging out with friends. However, over the 
weekend of Sept. 23 to 25, the 26-year-old will be among about 300 people walking 50 miles in three days in the Southern California Challenge Walk MS, a fundraiser to raise research dollars for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
 

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER STAFF MEMBER SCOTT GORDON TO RELEASE HIS CD AT ALLEY CAT ART FEST

 

September 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- David Scott Gordon takes center stage at El Cajon's 6th Annual Alley Cat Art Fest on October 14 to perform songs from his new debut EP, Believin' in Love. It will be the culmination of an amazing journey that the 40-year old former addict would have believed impossible just a few years ago.
  
Gordon, who goes by "Scott," finally reached rock bottom in January of 2003, when he found himself physically, emotionally, and spiritually broken. He had failed at two alcohol rehabilitation attempts, and had been admitted twice to an Upstate New York psychiatric hospital. He was even homeless for a period of time.
 
 

KIDS GIVE LOCAL HEROES SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT

 
By Deanna Stevens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 17, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--On 9/11, Steele Canyon Youth Football and Cheer continued their tradition of giving back.  Twenty-six football players and cheerleaders visited four fire stations in the community to deliver special treats and thank the fire fighter's and EMT's for their service, calling them, "Our heroes down the street". 
 
 
 
 
  

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS MATCHING FUNDS TO POLISH UP ITS HISTORIC HOME FOR CITY’S CENTENNIAL

 

New hours of operation also announced

  
 
 
 
September 7, 2011 (La Mesa–To get ready for the La Mesa City 100th anniversary year, the La Mesa Historical Society is raising matching funds for building maintenance and beautification. The Society is also changing the hours the museum will be available for tours. 
 
 
 

PATRIOT FLAG VISITS RANCHO SAN DIEGO EN ROUTE TO 9/11 TRIBUTE IN NEW YORK


“When the flag came down dozens of people volunteered to help catch and fold it. Some were moved to tears.” – Leonard Villareal, San Miguel Fire Department

September 7, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--On September 11, 2011 the 30 x 56 foot Patriot Flag will fly in New York as a tribute to the Armed Forces, first responders, second responders, families of the 9/11 victims and those who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil ten years ago.

 

Yesterday, the 75-pound flag flew over Rancho San Diego, ending a 223,000 mile trek across the United States. The Patriot Flag flew in 50 states in 50 weeks, and was displayed 225 times.

WHITE HOUSE TO HONOR NASCAR CHAMPION JIMMIE JOHNSON

September 3, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama will honor East County’s hometown hero, Jimmie Johnson, in a ceremony at the White House next Wednesday.

 

Johnson will be honored not only for his record fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, but also for the efforts of Johnson and NASCAR to “give back to their community,” according to a White House press release.

FUND ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY OF OFFICER CHRISTOPHER BLAKELY

 

 August 31, 2011 ( San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) is grieving the loss of Officer Christopher Blakeley, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident on Aug. 24.

 

“We are once again mourning the loss of one of our own,” said Brian R. Marvel, President of the San Diego Police Officers Association. “Officer Blakeley’s tragic death is a loss to the Department, and we will deeply miss our friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

JULIAN WOMAN'S CLUB CELEBRATES 85TH ANNIVERSARY SEPTEMBER 7

  

Scholarship Luncheon to Benefit Julian High School Grads
 
 
 
August 28, 2011 (Julian) – The women of Julian have a long and proud history of community service dating to 1926, when Ada Hildreth gathered some of her friends and neighbors to form the Julian Woman’s Club, a chapter of the national Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs. 

THE “BEAR” NECESSITIES: BLOSSOM AND DELILAH ARRIVE IN ALPINE

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 27, 2011 (Alpine) – Blossom and Delilah, two bears rescued from a closed zoo in Oklahoma have arrived at their new home at Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine.

 

The animals were destined to be sold to a game ranch where they could be hunted and killed if not for the intervention of Bobbi Brink, owner of LTB, a rescue facility in Alpine.

GREATER VISION FOR OUR REGION: PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT AT SEPT. 13 MEETING IN SANTEE

Aug 24, 2011 – A call to action has been sent out to all East County and San Diego residents by the San Diego Foundation to preserve and improve our beautiful city throughout the foreseeable future. “Our Greater San Diego Vision,” is an ambitious initiative aimed at getting the community involved in preserving the San Diego way of life for the next generations.

 

EL CAJON POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION CREATES DONATION FUND FOR WOUNDED OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM'S FAMILY

 

Officer Faces a Difficult Recovery after Sustaining a Gunshot Wound to the Head

August 23, 2011 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Police Officers’ Association (ECPOA) has opened a benefit account for wounded El Cajon Police Officer Jarred Slocum and his family. Officer Slocum is in critical but stable condition after receiving a gunshot wound to the head during a shootout on August 21st.  A press release issued by the ECPOA describes Slocum, 28, as a "loving father" of two young children and reveals that his wife is expecting a third child.

 

The ECPOA seeks community donations to assist the Slocum family during this tragic time.

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